A Law Office Helping Older People Age with Dignity and Autonomy
Aging is a part of the life cycle. And with age, come a lot of inescapable questions about the future and how to protect our families and ourselves. Planning ahead is essential. There is a definite piece of mind that comes with knowing your or loved ones personal affairs are in order and that your family is secure.
Elder Law has its roots in the practice area of Trusts and Estates; the foundation of any proper planning is an estate plan, which consists of a Will, Health Proxy, Power of Attorney and, for some, a Trust of some kind. There are other documents and planning techniques, and the breadth of your estate planning ultimately depends on your individual circumstances.
However, Elder Law goes beyond estate planning because you are dealing with…aging. And with aging, comes the issues of incapacity and the cost of medical and specialized care. When a loved one becomes incapacitated and did not prepare Advance Directives for decision making regarding medical, financial and legal matters, an Article 81 proceeding will be necessary in order to establish a Guardian to make decisions for them.
Specialized medical care is costly and many Americans cannot afford to reside in an assisted living facility or nursing home. However many Americans have assets that would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid, which is how approximately ¾ of Americans are able to reside in their community or a nursing home and receive proper care.
An elder law attorney can assist a family in marshaling and protecting certain assets in anticipation of a future need for specialized care.
Ms. Escobar has the requisite knowledge and patience to guide you and your loved ones through the sometimes complex, and oftentimes emotional, legal issues you may face as you contemplate your own future or are planning that of a beloved family member. It is never too early to start to think about, plan for and achieve security for you or a loved one.
My father was very ill and needed someone to care for him. I was referred to Ms. Escobar by a friend of mine. When Ms. Escobar took the case for me to become a guardian for my father she showed great care and concern. Ms. Escobar treated me and my family with respect and dignity. I am very grateful to have Ms. Escobar as my attorney. This was my first experience as a guardian. Ms. Escobar walked me and my father through the process and even checked on us after the case was finished. On behalf of my family I just want to say a big Thank you for making this experience a pleasant one.